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Capitol Events

Capitol Events features news from the Richmond State Capitol during the General Assembly Session – examining the issues of the day, tracking important legislation, and shedding light on the political process.


Capitol Events: February 13, 2015

The General Assembly reached their procedural midpoint this week as both houses completed work on their own legislation.

Gone are bills that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks in a pregnancy, as well as legislation to impose further restrictions on gun purchases for those convicted of violent or predatory misdemeanors and efforts to limit the sale of high capacity magazines.

Capitol Events: February 12, 2015

The House and Senate debated and passed their amended budgets today.

While revenue collections are slightly up in recent weeks, overall budget spending is down over a billion dollars since the two-year budget was enacted in 2014.

Both budgets add pay raises for state workers and eliminate new and increased business fees proposed by Governor Terry McAuliffe.

House leaders say instead of creating new programs they chose to reinvest in core functions of government. Democrats say the budget does not do enough to advance kitchen table issues.

Capitol Events: February 10, 2015

The House and Senate have both passed bills that would decriminalize the use of cannabidiol oil or CBD, an extract of marijuana for the treatment of epilepsy. The oil has no intoxicating properties but has proven an effective method of preventing seizures in some patients.

The legislation does not allow for the development or distribution of the drug, but would prohibit the prosecution of those who possess it.

Capitol Events: February 9, 2015

Environmental and property rights advocates are pushing back on a law that allows utility companies to survey on private land without the landowner’s permission.

Last year 127 landowners in Nelson County refused to let Dominion Virginia Power survey their property for the new Atlantic Coast Natural Gas Pipeline. Dominion has since filed suit to gain access to the properties.

The planned pipeline would pump natural gas produced in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia 550 miles further down the East Coast through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina.

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